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Pelosi Statement on Removal of the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the removal of the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan, who has been investigating the President and his associates: 

“Again and again, the President and his cronies have chosen to protect Trump’s personal and political interests over those of the American people by interfering in numerous criminal investigations involving the President and his associates, now including the Southern District’s ongoing inquiries into the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. 

“The firing of U.S. Attorney Berman cannot be explained by cause and instead suggests base and improper motives.  Attorney General Barr was not truthful last night when he said that Berman was ‘stepping down.’

“Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch is needed to protect the integrity of our legal system, which is under serious threat from this White House.  AG Barr must be held accountable for his actions.  Judiciary Chairman Nadler’s renewed call for Barr to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the Committee’s decision to open an immediate investigation into this incident are justified and urgently needed.  The American people deserve transparency, and they need answers now.”

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